Word of the day: schadenfreude

Schneider schadenfreude surplus by Thomas Lifson – The headlines this morning are about a New York AG and long time Trump nemesis who became a victim of the #metoo movement.

“I am already running into a related non-problem: so much schadenfreude over the disgrace and resignation of New York AG Eric Schneiderman that I am overwhelmed with shameful joy in the richly deserved reckoning for an uber-hypocrite. Best of all, two separate groups are deeply compromised: abortion-worshiping feminists and the get Trump cabal.

Schneiderman joins Andrew McCabe and James Comey in needing to lawyer up for prosecutions that seem inevitable now. The Manhattan district attorney has already opened an investigation. Schneiderman has been working with Robert Mueller to indict the president on some state level beef where Trump’s pardon power does not work.

This morning in Fox & Friends, Judge Andrew Napolitano noted that Schneiderman took part in some of the meetings mentioned by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in their text messages.

Schneiderman has been an arch-enemy of Donald Trump for a long, long time. In a prophetic tweet from almost 8 years ago, Trump eerily forecast yesterday’s demise

Why the Media Are Mum About Comedy Central’s 2011 Trump Roast by Jack Cashill – projection? Reputation? Legacy? Reality?

“When asked today why they hate Trump so intensely, political adversaries are still citing Trump’s willingness to mock a disabled reporter; his Access Hollywood “p—-” tape; and, of course, his presumed racism and imaginary dabbling in white supremacy.

Nothing Trump has ever said or done, however, measures up to the relentless vulgarity on seemingly hilarious display at the Comedy Central roast.

How it must pain these clowns that Trump gets to run their circus.

The Trump Land Mine by Victor Davis Hanson – “Explosives require careful handling. Sometimes they blow up in your face.”

“Give it credit, the Washington apparat quite imaginatively pulled out all the stops: implanting Obama holdover appointees all over the Trump executive branch; filing lawsuits and judge shopping; organizing the Resistance; pursuing impeachment writs; warping the FISA courts; weaponizing the DOJ and FBI; attempting to disrupt the Electoral College; angling for enactment of the 25th Amendment or the emoluments clause; and unleashing Hollywood celebrities, Silicon Valley and many in Wall Street to suffocate the Trump presidency in its infancy.

But now the administrative state’s multifaceted efforts are starting to unwind, and perhaps even boomerang, on the perpetrators.

The reputation of Big Tech is one of hyper-partisan politics, data miners, snoops, Bowdlerizers and censors, monopolists, progressive multibillionaires, and adolescents in arrested development who exempt themselves from the consequences of what their ideologies inflict on others.

In Wizard of Oz fashion, it’s as if the public is no longer frightened of the omnipotent imperial faces on their screens

Donald Trump proved to be a catalyst for much of the implosion of the deep state.

the government, the political apparat, the media, tech, and entertainment conglomerates sought to reduce Trump to some monstrous entity deserving of hanging, stabbing, decapitation, incineration, and shooting. It sought to indict, impeach, and remove a sitting president, as the ancien régime rushed to break federal law with assumed ethical exemption — tapping, surveilling, lying, and leaking with impunity, assured that supposedly morally superior ends justified any means necessary to achieve them.

In other words, the custodians of the status quo arrogantly grabbed up the Trump land mine and thought they could easily toss it away — as it has blown them sky-high.

Outrageous Redactions to the Russia Report by Andrew C. McCarthy – “The FBI and DOJ have been burying the investigators’ questionable judgments and information helpful to Flynn.” … “What happened with these redactions is inexcusable.”

“Cute how this works: Kick off the week with some “the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted” bombast from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, by which he rationalizes that his defiance of subpoenas and slow-walking document production to Congress — which is probing investigative irregularities related to the 2016 campaign — is required by DOJ policy and “the rule of law.” Then end the week with the Friday-night bad-news dump: the grudging removal of DOJ and FBI redactions from a House Intelligence Committee report on Russia’s election meddling.

They tell us that their lack of transparency is necessary for the protection of national security, vital intelligence, and investigative operations. But what we find out is that they were concealing their own questionable judgments and conflicting explanations for their actions

It is a fact of life that the precious commodity of a good reputation takes much less time to lose than to build.

There is no defending the redactions that have now been disclosed. Especially in light of recent history, this powerfully suggests that there is no justification for withholding much else that the Justice Department refuses to reveal.

Republican committees can carp all they like about Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. The buck stops with the president.

This last is true, theoretically, but not in context. It misses why the media is so obsessed by the idea of Trump firing the special prosecutor or his boss or on up the chain of command. McCarthy is still enamored with a presumption of an honorable nature in the thieves he describes and is having trouble grasping the depth and breadth of the swamp they live in.

Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Makes Stuff Up About Probe Into Trump’s Lawyer by Caroline Court – “In less than two months, Avenatti appeared on CNN 59 times.”

I do hope alleged Donald Trump paramour Stormy Daniels is Michael Avenatti’s only client, because I find it difficult to believe he’s not neglecting his other cases and clients.

“As we all now know, these statements are completely false. I’ve been saying for weeks this is a clown show, and this was certainly a well-deserved pie to the face. An attorney just making stuff up as he goes is beyond embarrassing to the profession. I hope this guy gets his TV show and never practices a day of law again. If you haven’t heard, Vanity Fair reported that Avenatti asked MSNBC President Phil Griffin for his own show. Indeed, I’ve recently been told he is close to signing an agent.

It’s no secret that for five years Avenatti worked at a political opposition and media firm run by Rahm Emanuel, who we all know went on to become Obama’s chief of staff.

Avenatti won’t disclose who referred Daniels to him, and he certainly is not disclosing who is paying his bills.

Ace comments on another revelation. “Let me go on record: I think it’s fine that John McCain doesn’t want Trump at his funeral. I think it’s fine to tell the White House that.” … “The surprising thing would be for McCain to rise above it. But he’s never been known for that.” The prompt was Jake Tapper at CNN grabbing onto McCain to impugn Trump, but that’s getting old, too.

Reuters: Dems getting pretty dismayed over Trump’s success in judiciary, or something by Ed Morrissey – “Sauce for the goose … what comes around, goes around … be careful what you wish for … Pick your proverb, adage, or cliché” but Reuters’ Lawrence Hurley doesn’t quite get it.

“Exactly who was it that set aside long-standing Senate tradition in order to force presidential nominees to the bench through to confirmation? That would be Harry Reid, who changed the rules and ended precedent unilaterally to thwart the Republican obstruction of nominees that had followed the Democratic obstruction during the Bush administration to which Hurley refers. It was his nuclear option in 2013 that allowed Barack Obama to stack the DC appellate court and eliminate the GOP minority’s ability to slow down the process. He also changed the rules on all other kinds of presidential appointments, which caused Democrats a lot of “dismay” when Trump selected his cabinet officials.

How many times does the name Harry Reid come up in Hurley’s account? Zero.

Basically, Democrats find themselves dismayed from being hoist with their own petard.

The real problem with Bank of America’s anti-gun decision By Frank Miniter – “Fomenting division and wasting resources.”

The real trouble though is this isn’t just a story about a financial institution making a political decision. By blaming gun manufacturers for the actions of criminals, Bank of America has become part of a diversion taking the national focus away from real solutions to a chronic problem.

Like the Pope thinking that eliminating all arms will solve humanity’s sins, simple solutions generally result in drastic failures.

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